It’s been a good run Capecitabine -thanks for the 7 plus years – It’s time to take a new path

Well, as the saying goes…all good things must come to an end. I have been taking Capecitabine for over 7 years. It has helped keep my #stage4breastcancer stable…

Until this summer when I had what my doctor and I referred to as a bump in the road. For the first time in 7 years, I had a spot show up on my scans in May. I received radiation and then we waited.

In late October I had scans again. I usually get a little anxious around scans, because, well, Stage 4 Breast Cancer. But this time the anxiety was just a little higher. I was waiting to see if the spot in May really was just a bump in the road, or whether it was a roadblock and the Capecitabine was not doing its job anymore.

The results are back. No pun intended…ok slight pun intended. There were a few more spots showing on my spine. The good news, I have a high pain tolerance and I am not feeling any worse physically as a result of the new spots.

The bad news is now it is finally time for me to say goodbye to Capecitabine and find a new treatment to keep this stupid cancer in its place.

On the more good news side of things, because I have been on one therapy for so long, there are lots of new drugs available to try. I am reminded of when I was originally diagnosed in 2010. Capecitabine was my 3rd line of treatment before we were finally able to see stable scans.

So if at first you don’t succeed, try try again. My mindset right now is that if I could get 7 years from one treatment – which in the #metastaticbc world is amazing – why can’t I get 7 or more years from the next line of treatment. It may be some trial and error like it was in the beginning but I am willing to take those chances.

After all, I have a trip to Greece planned for next year and I don’t plan on missing it!

4 Comments

  1. Greece is exciting!! I look forward to seeing photos of your adventures!

    • Kim

      11/27/2019 at 10:36 AM

      I’m excited that I’ve put it out in the universe. Working on PT to be able to walk around Greece – planning on going with David Johnson and am looking forward to seeing everything!

  2. Thanks for the optimistic view. I’m on Capecitabine now and am in remission. Last scan showed some cancer flares, so my onc is upping the dosage. Hoping for a run as long as yours!

    • Kim

      11/27/2019 at 10:34 AM

      I hope it will work as well for you as it did for me. I will never understand why these drugs work for some and not for others. Thanks for the read!

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